Saturday, February 2, 2013

Silent Star

This week's review is a picture book biography: Silent Star: the Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy by Bill Wise.

William Hoy lost his hearing to meningitis during his childhood. He played baseball at the Ohio School for the Deaf and wanted to play  major league baseball. Instead he learned shoemaking and eventually opened his own shop but played baseball for fun.

Here's  sample: "One June day in 1885, a coach for an amateur baseball team passed through Houcktown. Always  looking for new players, he stopped to watch the game behind the shoemaker's shop. The coach marveled at William's baseball skills."

William did go on to play professional baseball and was entered into the American Athletic Association of the Deaf's Hall of Fame in 1951.

1 comment:

  1. This one would be very timely right now as some of our student-teachers are using children's literature as a way to explore inclusive education.
    Thanks for participating in today's Nonfiction Monday event.
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